Every year the Cumberland Trail Joint Fire District #4 performs fire safety inspections on various businesses throughout the coverage area. If this is the first time that you have had a fire inspection, the process will be as follows:
A fire inspector will make contact with you and set a date and time to perform your inspection. Any and all violations of the Fire Code will be noted on an official inspection form and given to you with an agreeable time frame for you to correct the violations before the re-inspection. During the re-inspection, only the previous cited violations will be addressed, not another complete building inspection. Once all violations have been corrected, the inspector will not be back for another year.
Please use this information as a checklist of some of the common violations found to help guide you through the inspection process.
Inspectors may be called away on an emergency incident and may have to reschedule the inspection for a later date.
What to Expect:
A uniformed Cumberland Trail Joint Fire District #4 Inspector wearing a photo ID will visit your facility during normal business hours. We will always be courteous and considerate of your time. In order to conduct the required inspection, we will comply with a time that fits your schedule. You will receive clearly written inspection results along with a re-inspection date if required (we will coordinate this date with you).
Information may be left that will enable you to self-inspect your premise in order to be ready for the next official inspection.
Understanding the Results:
The inspector is there to help you and will be glad to explain the results and answer any questions you may have. The fire safety inspection process is not designed to cost you money with fines, but to educate you and your staff about keeping your facility safe for you, your staff and the public. Please feel free to call with any questions or concerns.
- Remove any trash daily to a dumpster that is away from your building.
- Keep hallways, corridors and aisles clear of storage and clutter.
- Keep exit doors clear and free of clutter.
- Ensure exit signs are illuminated.
- Remember to turn off small appliances (i.e. coffee pots, microwaves, etc.)
- Do not use electrical extension cords for permanent operations. For heavy duty equipment please consult an electrician. A store bought circuit breaker strip plug can be used for minor electrical equipment. Keep all storage down 24″ from the ceilings (18″ below sprinkler equipped areas).
- Do not allow smoking in the building.
- Do not store combustibles within 36″ of a heat producing appliance (i.e. water heater).
- Keep outside brush and weeds away from the building.
- Dispense flammable and combustible liquids in a properly ventilated area using safety cans or original containers.
- Keep fire sprinkler control valves, fire hydrants, and fire department connections accessible. Maintain 36″ clearance to these connections.
- Assign some one to check these each day and create a maintenance log.
Fire Alarms and Protection Systems
The following items offer the best early warning and quickest response to a fire:
- A fully functional fire sprinkler system connected to a central station monitoring (tested annually by a licensed firm).
- A fire detection system connected to central station monitoring (tested annually by a licensed firm).
- Manual fire alarm pull stations located throughout the facility.
- Portable fire extinguishers that are wall mounted near exits, highly visible, unobstructed, and located every 75 feet.
- A hood and duct fire system over commercial cooking equipment.
On the outside remember:
- Clear and visible fire lanes
- Knox box and Knox lock systems
- Clearly labeled utility and fire sprinkler rooms
- Clear and visible street numbers